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A bad guy who is fabulously talented in bed and a good guy who fumbles sex can complicate life for a girl. My purpose in considering the idea was that I might perhaps persuade one other person to read this novel who might not otherwise.
I am all about service to my fellow man.
However, there are strange aspects of this novel that when discussed in remove from the novel itself can make it sound off-putting. I will mention a few of those without emphasizing them.
They involve weird twists in the plot handed us through the vehicle of some strange scenes. On the other hand I do not wish simply to offer diamond-like passages from this novel, although that is tempting. But let us take a shot here. Tess is the eldest daughter in a poor family in 19th century England.
The novel follows events in her life from the time she is sixteen until she is approximately 21, let us say. There are a multitude of detailed plot outlines of this novel to be found elsewhere on line. The only valuable supplement to those that I can offer is to say bluntly what those plot outlines say in such a roundabout way that it loses impact or can be missed entirely.
Tess is one hot looking sixteen-year-old female human being. It is out of the fact that Tess is one hot looking sixteen-year-old that all the action of this novel arises. At the time of her first seduction, or rape, she is described as one who has a "coarse pattern" laid over her "beautiful feminine tissue.
She is a pretty young girl with that look about her that drives men wild—that look about her being something rarely encountered in a girl so young. I would rather put it this way.
When Hardy writes about her when she is in relatively unspoiled natural surroundings, it is apparent that she herself is very much at home in and a natural part of those surroundings. Hardy places our hot looking sixteen-year-old girl in an environment with some problems.
It is an environment wherein the Victorian morals of society are so completely at odds with the nature of men and women generally, and particularly in the realm of sex. Second, she inhabits a rural area of England where the quality of life is slowly deteriorating.
Hardy does not impose upon us with some heavy-handed social commentary at all. Rather, this social commentary is portrayed seamlessly along with the characters and the action.
You must notice stuff like this if you are going to do big time literature. But let me get back to the sex because I know that is what probably piqued your interest.
For women heterosexual sex requires men, as much as women may at times regret this. Hardy supplies the men here in the form of two male knotheads named Alec and Angel. She is raped by the wealthy Alec who drugged her with a delicious strawberry, and has his child, which immediately dies.
She falls in love with the decent Angel who lacks wits but is under the mistaken impression that he has them in spades.Tess of the d’Urbervilles is a novel by Thomas Hardy that was first published in Tess of the D’Urbervilles Distorted Stereotypes As children, people grow up with stories about a perfect princess who was put through a tough time, but was rescued by her prince charming, a perfect man.
Gender stereotypes Hardy makes a number of generalisations about women in the novel, for example he talks of Tess's 'feminine loss of courage' (Ch 44), or 'the woman's instinct to hide' (Ch 31).
Readers need to decide whether. Journal of Literature and Art Studies Issue 9 Vol.5 September Pages. Journal of Literature and Art Studies Issue 9 Vol.5 September Uploaded by. J. Jlas.
Download with Google Download with Facebook or download with email. Journal of Literature and Art Studies Issue 9 Vol.5 September Even Tess realizes that she and her family are in a tough spot when Prince, the family horse, is killed and she must go to the Stoke-d'Urbervilles for financial recovery.
Joan, Tess' mother, realizing that her daughter has suffered several devastating blows by Alec says, "Well, we must make the best of it, I suppose.". Tess of the d'Urbervilles is not a feel-good book, which sharply sets it apart from the other 19th century novels about young women (think Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, for instance).
No, it's sad and depressing to the point where it almost makes me angry/5.